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Homemade Pizza Rolls – A Great Party Food Appetizer or Snack

Homemade pizza rolls are a great way to enjoy all of the flavors of your favorite pizza, but in easy to eat, bite size pieces.

We began making pizza rolls as a way to make pizza night a little more casual and fun. The kids always loved to help us in the kitchen on pizza night and we wanted to make sure they continued to enjoy cooking.

So we decided to mix things up and see how many creations we could make using their favorite pizza ingredients.

Pizza casserole was a huge hit. This recipe combines all of the flavors of traditional pizza, but instead of using dough it uses pasta as it’s base.

homemade pizza rolls
Homemade pizza rolls ready to be dipped in marinara sauce.

It is the perfect meal for a sit down family dinner. Even the pickiest eaters love pizza casserole.

And a couple other family favorites were pizza muffin bites and air fryer calzones.

But on the night that we made pizza rolls we had other plans. Our favorite football team was playing at the same time as dinner. So that meant that we had to create something quick and easy to eat.

Homemade pizza rolls were the perfect answer!

Because we had other typical tailgate foods already prepared for the game, like our Cheesy Bacon Ranch Pull Apart Bread, we knew that we didn’t need a make a full meal. So we decided to turn this pizza night into an appetizer night.

And the pizza rolls were so popular that we now make them almost weekly!

appetizer muffins
Another one of our favorite pizza night recipes are these Pizza Muffin Bites.

How To Make Pizza Rolls

INGREDIENTS

Refrigerated pizza crust tubes
Garlic salt
Italian seasoning
Shredded Mozzarella cheese
Parmesan cheese
Pepperoni
Marinara sauce

INSTRUCTIONS

The first step in making pizza rolls is to prepare the pizza dough. Although you could take the time to make Homemade Pizza Dough, we most often use refrigerated pizza dough.

You can find this product next to the biscuits and crescent rolls in the refrigerated case. It comes in a long tube and you can often find it with both brand and generic names.

rolling pin
Whether you decide to use homemade dough or store bought refrigerator dough, be sure to roll it out into a rectangular shape.

When you are ready to make your pizza rolls, flour a clean work surface, then roll out the dough in a large rectangular shape. Then you need to decide if you are going to add a little bit of pizza sauce to the dough.

However, when I say little, I mean a tiny bit. Just enough for the cheese and pepperoni to adhere to the crust. This step is not necessary, but an option.

Next, sprinkle garlic salt and dried Italian season over the top of the crust. Then add the Mozzarella and Parmesan cheese on top. Finally, add your pepperoni.

I find that diced pepperoni makes it easier to cut the pizza rolls, but if you are in a hurry, you can use whole pieces of pepperoni as well.

Now it is time to roll up the dough. Start at the short end and tightly roll the dough until it forms a log. Pinch the seam together to seal.

rolling dough

Cutting Tips

Now it is time to slice your pizza rolls into bite size, individual pieces.

It is best to use a serrated knife or a very sharp pizza cutter when cutting through the dough. A standard kitchen knife tends to compress the dough rather than saw through the ingredients.

Place each piece, face side up on a lightly greased, rimmed baking sheet. Bake in a preheated oven for 10 minutes, or until light golden brown in color. 

cutting rolls
Use a serrated knife or a very sharp pizza cutter to cut the pizza rolls so that you get nice, clean cuts.

Remove the rolls from the oven and transfer to a large platter with a small bowl of marinara sauce in the center for serving.

They make the perfect addition for pizza and game night!

In fact we have made these several times to take to parties, eat as an afternoon snack or for a quick and easy, light dinner meal.

Enjoy! Mary

homemade pizza rolls
Homemade pizza rolls ready to be dipped in marinara sauce.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I cook these in my air fryer?

It is easy to cook these in an air fryer. Simply decrease the temperature by 25°F and place them on parchment paper in the air fryer. Because all air fryers cook at different rates, keep a close eye on them as they will typically cook quicker than when placed in an oven.

Can I use other ingredients?

You can definitely use your favorite pizza toppings to make homemade pizza rolls. The thing to remember here is to not overload the rolls with a ton of ingredients. It will make it too difficult to roll and cut the dough.

I don’t need 24 pizza rolls, can I decrease the amount of servings?

Because this recipe calls for 2 tubes of refrigerated pizza dough, it is easy to cut this recipe in half by using only 1 pizza crust. Then half the remaining ingredients and you will end up with 12 pizza rolls instead of two dozen.

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Yield: 24

Pizza Rolls

pizza rolls

A pizza inspired snack or appetizer that is easy to eat and is a fantastic addition to any party!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 tubes of refrigerated pizza crust
  • Garlic salt
  • Italian seasoning, to taste
  • 1 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese, to taste
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup sliced and chopped pepperoni
  • Marinara sauce

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F (218°C)
  2. Dust a large surface with flour and roll out each pizza crust.
  3. Sprinkle garlic salt and Italian seasoning directly on each crust.
  4. Add the Mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses and diced pepperoni, spreading it within ½ inch of the edges of the crust.
  5. Starting with a short end, carefully roll crust into a tight log.
  6. Using a serrated knife or sharp pizza cutter, slice each roll into 1-inch sections.
  7. Place pizza rolls on a lightly greased pan and bake for 10-12 mins or until golden brown.
  8. Serve immediately with marinara sauce for dipping.

Notes

Recipe provided by Make Your meals

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1 grams

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 111Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 293mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 4g

Nutritional Information is to be used as a general guideline only . Nutritional calculations will vary from the types and brands of the products used.

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